"The creative potency of the 2004 International Digital Art Awards has, in part, to do with the important artists entering the prestigious competition this year," says Steve Danzig, IDAA Director. From early digital pioneer Tony Robbins' entry of "mathematica" to Jiri David's lyrical four world leaders crying, are outstanding works. Italian artist Alessandro Bavari has used the IDAA to launch new and unreleased images from his award winning series "Sodom and Gomorrah." Many leading international academics have chosen to enter the 2004 IDAA: James Edwards and Peter Patchen from the USA and Naoe Toshio from Japan. Fellow Australian's Andrew Mamo, Ian Gwilt, Anne-Marie Taranto and leading Indigenous photo-media artist Leah King-Smith are among the notables in the 2004 IDAA line up.
absolutearts.com Premiere Portfolio artist, Ellen Jantzen has had her piece "Reflecting Radiation" accepted into the 2004 International Digital Art Award. View more of her work at:www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/e/ellenjantzen/.
The 2004 IDAA opens with the announcement of the winners on 25 February 2004 at http://www.internationaldigitalart.com/ Physical exhibitions are also part of IDAA planning each year which will include works on paper and new media art. The Australian tour opens 1st April 2004 at the Academy Gallery University of Tasmania, then QUT Art Museum Brisbane, 4 June - 15 August 2004 and VAC Gallery September 2004. Additionally, the IDAA exhibition will travel to the USA and open at a number of venues there (TBA).
"I'm truly delighted to be presenting this opportunity to an international art community -- especially as it's an Australian initiative. It represents the best work in the world, quite unique in presentation and something Australian audiences wouldn't normally have the chance to see in hard copy exhibition," says Danzig
"Locally we have received support from the Print Council of Australia (PCA) and the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA). This is important recognition as these are the peak industry bodies for print media and the visual arts in Australia," says Danzig.
The IDAA presents an alternative, planet-wide forum for digital artists and presents a dedicated program within a fine art context, rather than a prescribed industrial and/or academic platform of events.
Danzig has recently returned from the USA where he presented an exhibition and a digital symposium during Art Basel Miami with digital pioneer Laurence Gartel. Such events and activities will have an effect on future IDAA offerings says Danzig, "We received enormous support and have a consolidated program now set to expand the IDAA to include a conference and related industry events planned for 2006. Our major sponsors in Epson and Minolta have supported the IDAA from day one as well as Desktop Magazine, Adobe and Macromedia being recent and notable additions to the sponsor list will ensure the future is secure."
The 2004 IDAA has a large web presence that grows daily. Online the numbers are impressive with more than six million people visiting the website annually. Danzig also notes that the IDAA has a supporting membership base of more than 75,000 persons consisting of artists, photographers, gallery/museum directors, academics and media specialists.
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